A Rugby school had to send a whole year group home today after a pupil’s coronavirus test came back positive.

The Avon Valley School and Performing Arts College in Rugby contacted parents with the “urgent message” today after a Year 8 pupil tested positive for Covid-19.

Although the school has bubbles in place, they said they could not accurately track who the student has been in contact with, so had to make the decision to send the whole year home.

They said it was for the safety of their students.

The positive test comes only two days after another student at the school, in Year 7, also tested positive for the virus.

All students in this bubble have also been asked to self-isolate.

The Facebook post read: “This morning we have received notice of a positive COVID-19 test result from within our Year 8 bubble.

“Unfortunately, we cannot confidently track all who have had ‘close contact’ and as a precaution we have had the need to send the whole of year group home, with immediately effect.

“To ensure our students’ safety we will not send students home until we have received permission from a parent/carer.

“To do this quickly we have set up a temporary email address, this has been sent to Year 8 parents via ClassCharts. Students will not be released from school until we have received permission from a parent/carer.

“We are currently in the process of sending our Year 8 students home and will provide further details in due course.”

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